- Neocaridina Davidi var. “Blue” formerly known as Neocaridina heteropoda var. “Blue”
- Size: 1/2-3/4 inch
- Blue Velvet shrimp, Blue Pearl Shrimp
- Temperature: 64° – 84° F (17.8° – 28.8° C)
- pH: 6.5 – 7.5
- KH: 0 – 10 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 2-5 gallons
- Diet: Scavenger that feeds continually. Requires very little feeding in a well-established aquarium containing algae, biofilm, or decaying plant matter. In less mature aquariums, high-quality dry foods with high plant content can be fed multiple times daily.
If you’re looking to seriously breed your blue velvet shrimp, it’s a good idea to stick to a single-species setup or limit tankmates to a few other inverts. Caridina shrimp that need similar water values, Thai micro crabs or snails might work well. Keep in mind that mixing different Neocaridina varieties isn’t a good idea, as interbreeding will result in brown, wild-type colored offspring.
Blue velvet shrimp are fast breeders and make a great first breeding project. Make sure you have a few males (smaller, less intense coloration) and a few females (larger, brighter blue), introduce them into the tank and they will take it from there. Keep your water quality high and offer a varied diet to keep the shrimp healthy.